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Winter storm next week? Specifics not yet clear.

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GFS model interpretation of 1 AM Wednesday (WxBell Analytics) GFS model interpretation of 1 AM Wednesday (WxBell Analytics)

The word is starting to get out, that we may see a winter storm arrive in Michigan next week. If you've heard that much, you've heard correctly. But as far as the specifics, we still have a long way to go to determine what exactly this storm has in store for us.

This article comes with no hype, and no guarantees. It's simply an early look of where things stand right now. We'll continue to keep you posted as the days get closer.

What Is Clear Right Now?

Over the last few days, forecast models have come into a good agreement that a winter storm will impact Michigan next week. The arrival of the storm looks to be in the Tuesday night and Wednesday time frame.

We're also expecting a variety of precipitation types to fall with this storm, and winds are expected to be on the gusty side. Colder temperatures will also arrive for the end of next week.

What Is Not So Clear Right Now?

The main thing that's not so clear right now is the type of precipitation we'll see from this and how much of each type we'll see.

Despite the good agreement between these forecast models that we'll see a winter storm, they do have their differences as far as where they take the center of this storm. Whichever track the storm takes will determine the precipitation type and amount.

It does appear that a variety of precipitation types are on the table, including rain and snow, along with mixed precipitation, and freezing rain. Again, depending on where this system tracks, that will determine what type, how long, and how much of each precipitation type your area will see.

With three days still existing between now and Tuesday, and still plenty of uncertainty remaining, it's far too early to put snowfall predictions or any sort of precipitation amounts out there.

It's not that we want to keep that information from you, but that information out there now will change quite a bit before this storm is set to arrive. We want to be able to provide you a reasonable expectation when the days get closer.

Important Notes

As we get closer to this event, be sure to stick to reliable weather sources! With weather becoming increasingly available on Facebook and Twitter, more and more people are sharing weather information. Unfortunately, a lot of people share huge snowfall maps in an attempt to gain likes and shares.

Sometimes these maps turn out correctly, but often times the one you'll see in the days leading up to an event doesn't pan out. That's because they are a computer simulation. Meteorologists use these as a guide, but not as the final word.

To keep yourself from getting false information, turn to actual meteorologists and be sure to keep up to date on the forecast in the coming days.

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